A Slickly half-sister to last week’s G1 Prix Morny winner Dabirsim was the most expensive yearling to change hands during the final session of the Arqana August Sale on Thursday.
Patricia Boutin of Suprina Bloodstock bought the filly for 240,000 euros on behalf of the owner-trainer team of Edouard de Rothschild and Andre Fabre. Rothschild is President of France Galop and he won last month’s G1 Grand Prix de Paris with Slickly stayer Meandre.
“Edouard loves Slickly,” Boutin said. “It was an easy decision as both Andre and Elisabeth Fabre really liked the filly as well. She is an extremely good looking individual.”
Dabirsim (Hat Trick) sold for a mere 30,000 euros at the 2010 Arqana Sale. The session-topper also counts 1993 Italian Oaks winner Bright Generation (Rainbow Quest) as her second dam.
Trade for the three-day Deauville sale ended with a cumulative average of 95,924 euros which was up 1.5%. “In the current environment, the results are highly satisfactory,” Arqana’s President Eric Hoyeau said. “The increase in the number of horses sold is very significant and reflects a strong, healthy market.
“The great diversity of buyers, both from France and abroad, is a positive sign of the French racing system’s performance and international appeal.”